I’m 24-years old. I have a degree in Petroleum Engineer. I built a personal blog. I’ve accrued 2 million views on my articles on Morning Sidekick Journals for the company ., and I’ve sold close to 2,500
While I know I still have a very long road ahead, I’d like to think I’ve accomplished a decent amount in a short period of time.
When I look back over the past few years for trends in my successes, one rule holds true…
The majority of what you want will come from a minority of what you do.
-Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
You can spend every minute of every day “hustling” and “grinding” but the truth is that most of your results are going to come from a small amount of what you do.
For me, there are a couple small habits that I do regularly that have opened huge doors.
Nowadays, people want to tell you the 100 things you need to be doing every day to be successful, but I don’t find this to be true. In reality, you just need to find those few crucial habits that work for you.
Here are mine:
Habit 1: Waking up early
- Main Benefit: Getting more time.
Waking up early is one of the most beneficial things I do. By getting up before the rest of the world, I can get things done without distraction.
Considering that I’m juggling a full-time job, a girlfriend, jiu-jitsu, running a blog, writing on Quora, and marketing for a company, I NEED TIME.
I can’t get everything done that I want if I wake up at 8 a.m. That’s why I’ve trained myself to get up at 5 a.m. at least 5 days of the week.
By getting up 1 hour earlier for a year, you can give yourself almost 7 extra work weeks of time to get things done.
If you don’t believe me, check out the math.
Habit 2: Writing things down
- Main Benefit: productivity
I write down almost everything: my to-do list, my ideas, and.
Because of this, I don’t forget the important things that need to get done. This leads to more productivity with less stress since I don’t have to remember everything on my own.
Writing things down frees up mental space for more important work and idea generation.
Plus, I can come back to ideas I’ve had in the past. If I didn’t write them down, they would surely be lost forever.
Try jotting down your tasks and thoughts for a couple days and see how much more productive you become.
Habit 3: Connecting with others
- Main Benefit: opportunities
Almost all the big opportunities in my life have come from someone I met.
My current job as an engineer, my last side gig, my current side gig, and a huge opportunity I just received have all come from people I’ve connected with.
I’ve made it a habit toto people that I learn about online who are doing interesting work.
Most don’t get answered, but some do. The ones that get answered often lead to very important relationships.
I’ve also made it a habit to keep up with people. I don’t let too much time go by without reconnecting with people to see how things are going.
While it may feel awkward at first, make it a habit to reach out to new people and you’ll see for yourself how many doors start opening.
Habit 4: Reading for 30 minutes a day
- Main Benefit: knowledge
Every morning I read for at least 30 minutes.
It might not sound like a lot but that’s what helped me read close to 50 books in the past year and a half.
Reading gives youand new ways of looking at the world. I’ve probably learned more from books in the past year and a half than many people learn from school.
We all have these amazing resources at our fingertips, why not use them!?
Habit 5: Daily writing
- Main Benefit: sharper mind, spreading ideas, gaining credibility
I’ve written at least one article a day on Quora for over 2 months. This lead to me getting over 2 million views on my work in a short period of time.
But writing has given me.
It’s helped me learn about myself, become a better communicator, spread ideas to others, gain massive credibility from my peers, and much more.
Even if you don’t want any of your writing to be seen, give it a try anyway. The act of writing is more important than what comes out.
Habit 6: Daily fitness
- Main Benefit: confidence and energy
I used to be 100 lbs with no strength and no confidence. Now I’m 165 lbs and stronger than ever with a healthy amount of confidence.
Being fit has given me the confidence to talk to new people as well as the energy for all the things I want to do.
Without fitness, I absolutely wouldn’t be where I am today.
I do something, even if it’s only stretching, abs, or push-ups.
Habit 7: Setting challenges
- Main Benefit: discipline and motivation
I regularly set challenges for myself. This makes it more fun to work hard and allows me to compete with myself to get better.
By framing goals in the form of challenges, you create a fun atmosphere that makes you WANT to work hard.
Additionally, if you give yourself a timeline on challenges, you can actually use them to build more habits.
Some challenges have included:
Building my blog from scratch, making my bed for 30 days straight, writing for 66 days, trying to get 1 million views on Quora, traveling 2 times in a year,, and earning a medal at a jiu-jitsu competition.
All these challenges were fun and ended up helping me improve myself in one way or another.
What challenges can you give yourself next month?
Think Big, Start Small
When it comes to doing big things in your life, you need to start small.
Because, at the end of the day, you are the combination of all the things you repeatedly do.
As I’ve said before, small steps lead to big change.